CHARLOTTE, NC, January 31, 2018: It doesn’t take a trivia expert to know that the Super Bowl is the most hyped sporting event in the world. Even so, it is still only the second most watched global competition behind the Champions League soccer final.
With so much media coverage, finding trivia about the Super Bowl is a difficult thing to do, since so many fans are already in the know. Nevertheless, the big game kicks off on Sunday, so it is only natural to provide some of the obscure details about the game.
Super Bowl Trivia
For starters, there are four teams in the NFL which have never played in a Super Bowl; Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and Jacksonville.
With a Sunday evening kick-off and a winner-take-all format, the game is ideal for a party on a national scale. The Super Bowl is America’s ultimate tailgate party.
Considering that 14,500 tons of chips are consumed using 8 million pounds of guacamole, you begin to get an idea of the staggering numbers surrounding the game.
Even though the Super Bowl ranks second in a worldwide audience, it does claim the honor of having the most American viewers for nine of the top ten most watched programs of all time.
The most-watched Super Bowl
By the way, the Atlanta Falcons vs the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI was the single most watched television program in US history. When the Patriots scored in overtime to win 34-28, it was the first time New England led during the entire game.
Speaking of which, the Minnesota Vikings have played in four Super Bowls and never led at any point during any of those games.
Why Super Bowl LIII
Folks who believe the use of Roman numerals to define a particular game sometimes think the reference is to the gladiatorial games of 2000 years ago in Rome. Others say the NFL is being pretentious by measuring their championship using the ancient format.
The real reason, however, is because the regular season ends in one year and the playoffs, including the Super Bowl, are played in the new year.
Thus, the Roman numerals are a simplified means of keeping track of one season from another.
Super Bowl by the numbers
Remember the hullabaloo over “inflate-gate”? Were you aware that the NFL produces more than 700,000 footballs for any given season and that 72 balls are set aside for the Super Bowl?
Talk about excess, a 30-second commercial broadcast during the game costs a minimum of $2,800,000. One has to wonder how businesses can justify the ROI for such extravagance.
Super Bowl III was arguably the game that put the NFL championship on the map. Until then the AFC was seen as inferior to the NFC, but New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath brashly predicted an AFC underdog victory.
Though Namath won the MVP, he is the only quarterback in history to capture the honor without throwing a touchdown pass.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Joe Montana was named MVP on three occasions, while Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls. Brady also holds the record for most consecutive completions with 16 in a losing effort to the New York Giants. Eli Manning was MVP in that game.
In recent years, scoring has been prolific, but the lowest score in Super Bowl history came in game number VII when Miami beat Washington 14-7 in 1973.
Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 between San Francisco and San Diego ran up the highest number of total of 75-points when the 49ers won, 49-26.
Final words on Super Bowl LII (52)
Just to wrap things up with some odds and ends, Jerry Rice has the most career touchdowns in the Super Bowl with eight over the course of four championship games.
If Bill Belichick wins the Super Bowl this year, he will break his own record as the oldest head coach to win the championship. Belichick set the mark last year at 64 with the Patriots victory over Atlanta.
At 39, Peyton Manning became the oldest starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl in 2016 when Denver beat Carolina. If the Patriots win this year Tom Brady will surpass Manning at the age of 40.
Saving the best for last, mainly because it is the most obscure and, therefore fits the true definition of trivia, the player with the most consecutive Super Bowl championships is Ken Norton Jr. who was with the Cowboys for Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII and San Francisco for number XXIX.
Now if we can plow through all the hype, there’s a big game coming on Sunday around 6:30 pm eastern time.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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